That leaves the former CBC radio personality to stand trial on a remaining five charges of sex assault and one charge of choking. Crown prosecutor Mike Callaghan told a Toronto courtroom Tuesday the charges were dropped because there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction, not because any accusers lacked credibility.
“We wish to be abundantly clear this determination is not a reflection of the truthfulness or credibility of any witnesses, but rather a determination that specific allegations would not meet the legal burden of proof,” Callaghan told Justice Rebecca Rutherford, the Canadian Press reported.
Ghomeshi now faces a criminal trial in early 2016 after a police investigation that began when several young women came forward with claims of sexual assault and abuse, including unwanted beatings, during dates with the ex-CBC host.
Ghomeshi remains free on $100,000 bail after being fired by the CBC on Oct. 26, 2014.
This article was published by The Hollywood Reporter.